Capturing high-quality images of cards is a constant struggle for collectors, with poor lighting, glare and reflection being the most prevalent pitfalls.
Ultimately it’s worth putting a little extra effort into getting the best photos possible though.
With the following few tips and some help of NextGem you can capture cards photos like this:
Any great card pic starts with proper lighting and the choices you make on this variable will be the foundation. Get the lighting right and you’ll be well on your way to a fantastic outcome.
The first thing to do is select a location where it’s not too dark or too bright. That’s right, there is such a thing as too much natural light and it can lead to your images losing vibrance and contrast. Avoid areas with excessive sunlight as well as dimly lit rooms when imaging your cards.
Pro Tip: This $20 ring light is a great investment to ensure consistent quality lighting and works best in a dark room set alongside the card.
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Next you’ll want to account for glare and reflection.
Start by avoiding areas where there is a light source directly over the card. Lighting from the side of the card produces much better results.
Eliminating reflections can be trickier, especially with modern cards that have almost mirror-like surfaces.
NextGem’s intelligent scanning system can solve both of these problems for you. Simply snap the image from the optimal angle to avoid overhead light bursts, pesky hands and other noise.
The app does the rest, adjusting and cropping for a beautiful final product.
"Playing around on @NextGemApp and can't get over how amazing the scans look," - @tlschwerz on Twitter
By following these basic guidelines and with the help of NextGem you can start capturing amazing images of your cards and reaping all the rewards today!
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